Japanese Gardens

It sounds and feels like a spa retreat...

The Amarillo Botanical Gardens now offer people of the Panhandle a unique display of the Japanese culture.

"The Japanese garden was a whole different venue to bring the people of the high plains of Texas. There isn't anything like this within 2 or 3 hundred miles or perhaps even more."

Christy Cooper and her 2nd grade class traveled more than 100 miles to experience the gardens first hand. She says the trip from groover was well worth it.

"The faces on the kids when they haven't something before and what's this...and I enjoy interacting with the kids and it provides that opportunity to Mrs. Finley and I to do that."

This is the second year the teachers from Gruver Elementary have taken their students to the botanical gardens.

But they aren't the only ones to come from far away.

Executive Director of the gardens, Catherine Shelby says people from all over the world stop by for a glimpse of Amarillo's unique landscapes.

"They have been just so complimentary and have really enjoyed the gardens, Shelby said. "After driving the desert routes here, [they] were surprised to find this beauty."

Four dollars buys you a fantasy world at the Amarillo Botanical Gardens. Admission costs $3 for children and $4 for adults.

On December 3rd, they will open the gardens to the public for their annual Christmas luncheon.

Visit their website www.amarillobotanicalgardens.org for more events.